Saturday, July 6, 2013

[Book Review] Taste the Heat: A Love and Games Novel by Rachel Harris / Bliss Entangled

One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef, One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas. 

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. He knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason doesn’t want to say no. 

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

Taste the Heat gave me a taste of what I love: A hot hero, a sassy heroine and a lot of sexual tension. Being a Louisiana girl myself, after reading this book, I felt right at home. Rachel Harris did a fabulous job at describing life in New Orleans and she did it in such a way that it added to the story perfectly. I usually don’t get into the setting so much. It may have been my “homesickness” or just the excellent way Ms. Harris entangled it into the storyline – it really stood out.

But the best part was the characters and that’s what absorbed me into this book. Colby Robicheaux is a torn heroine – torn by her past and hurt by so many. Of course her old-time crush, Jason Landry steps in and helps her all while helping himself. They are so perfect for each other, it had my heart pitter pattering every time they were together. Even better was the fact that Jason was suffering his own hurts – losing a wife too early and raising a preteen can be difficult. Oh, and did I mention he’s the hot fire department captain? I mean how much yummier can that be? I do have to mention Ms. Harris did an excellent job forming the secondary characters and I hope to read more about them in future books. Will we?
Overall, I loved this book so much that I couldn’t put it down. I’d go to sleep thinking about Jason and Colby’s intense sexual attraction and I’d wake up with the book in my hands. I give the book 4.5 winks. I didn’t give it 5 because I normally like to read the sex scenes and this one leads us to the sex but doesn’t take us through. Not really a huge factor, but **blush** I do like to read my sex!

Rachel Harris has weaved together a perfect story and has captured a new reader! Bravo!


  1. Fantabulous review!! Thank you so much for reading :) I'm from New Orleans and it was a goal to make the city its own character, and the plot also serve as a love letter to the crazy, mysterious, fun town I was raised.

    And yep! Cane's book will be out this fall and Sherry's book will be out early next year! *dances*

    Thanks again :) Love this blog!

  2. Thank you for this review! I'm one of those who prefers NOT to read the actual sex scenes, so I'm so glad you mentioned that. *Bumps this book up to the top of my TBR list!*